Bookmarks (20)

  • My AI Safety Lecture for UT Effective Altruism

    Two weeks ago, I gave a lecture setting out my current thoughts on AI safety, halfway...

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    Dismantling Quantum Hype with Tim Nguyen

    Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! While I enjoy a family holiday-week vacation in exotic Dallas—and...

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    Reform AI Alignment

    Nearly halfway into my year at OpenAI, still reeling from the FTX collapse, I feel like...

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    WINNERS of the Scott Aaronson Grant for Advanced Precollege STEM Education!

    I’m thrilled to be able to interrupt your regular depressing programming for 100% happy news. Some...

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    Sneerers

    In the past few weeks, I’ve learned two ways to think about online sneerers that have...

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    Sam Bankman-Fried and the geometry of conscience

    Several readers have asked me for updated thoughts on AI safety, now that I’m 5 months...

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    The Caesar problem remains open

    If I haven’t blogged until now about the midterm election, it’s because I find the state...

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    Oh right, quantum computing

    These days, I often need to remind myself that, as an undergrad, grad student, postdoc, or...

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    On Bryan Caplan and his new book

    Yesterday I attended a lecture by George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan, who’s currently visiting UT...

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    Explanation-Gödel and Plausibility-Gödel

    Here’s an observation that’s mathematically trivial but might not be widely appreciated. In kindergarten, we all...

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    Postdocs, matrix multiplication, and WSJ: yet more shorties

    I’m proud to say that Nick Hunter-Jones and Matteo Ippoliti—both of whom work at the interface...

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    Two more shorties

    For anyone living under a rock with no access to nerd social media, Alain Aspect, John...

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    Shorties!

    (1) Since I didn’t blog about this before: huge congratulations to David Deutsch, Charles Bennett, Gilles...

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    I had a dream

    As I slept fitfully, still recovering from COVID, I had one of the more interesting dreams...

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    What I’ve learned from having COVID

    The same thing Salman Rushdie learned: either you spend your entire life in hiding, or eventually...

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    Win a $250,000 Scott Aaronson Grant for Advanced Precollege STEM Education!

    Back in January, you might recall, Skype cofounder Jaan Tallinn’s Survival and Flourishing Fund (SFF) was...

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    My Quantum Information Science II Lecture Notes: The wait is over!

    Here they are [PDF]. They’re 155 pages of awesome—for a certain extremely specific definition of “awesome”—which...

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    Busy Beaver Updates: Now Even Busier

    Way back in the covid-filled summer of 2020, I wrote a survey article about the ridiculously-rapidly-growing...

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    That Financial Times QC skepticism piece

    Several people have asked me to comment about a Financial Times opinion piece entitled The Quantum...

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    Summer 2022 Quantum Supremacy Updates

    Update: We’re now finalizing the lecture notes—basically, a textbook—for the brand-new Quantum Information Science II course...